The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (March 3 – 9).

  • Discover Fermanagh Open Weekend, various venues, Co. Fermanagh, March 7 – 9. Fermanagh’s Visitor Attractions are opening their doors for free as they kick off this year’s tourist season. Taking part in the weekend is the Aughakillymaude Mummers Centre, Belleek Pottery, Garden of Celtic Saints, Enniskillen Castle Museums, Florence Court, Crom Estate and Castle Coole. 

  • Belfast Children’s Festival, various venues, Belfast, March 7 -14.  A treat for families as a range of venues across Belfast will host some outstanding international and local productions for young audiences with a programme including theatre, dance, music, visual and the digital, sonic arts.
  • Rostrevor MTB Festival 2014, Rostrevor, Co. Down, March 8-9.  The Rostrevor Mountain Bike Festival makes its return with an exciting weekend of events including Round 1 of the Irish Downhill Mountain Bike Series as well as the first round of the Ulster XC Series.

  • Phoenix Dance Theatre, Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, March 5.  Enjoy a diverse bill that features two thrilling new works and one classic from the company’s archive, from powerful and relentless to dynamic and physical choreography.

  • The ‘Them & Me’ Tour, Millennium Forum, City of Derry, March 8. Popular comedian William Caulfield returns to the theatre with his all new show for 2014, offering hilarious observations of everyday life coupled with his unique ability to tell stories that capture the humour of Northern Ireland.

  • The Three Tenors & Star Violinist, The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Co. Armagh, March 8.  Ireland’s Greatest Voices perform fabulous hit songs and a popular uplifting mix from Sinatra and Leonard Cohen to The Dubliners and Pavarotti.  
  • Adult Crochet Workshop, The Alley Arts & Conference Centre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, March 7.  Back by popular demand, the crochet workshop will provide a chance to learn new stitches, embellishments and to use patterns to develop knitwear styles at basic and intermediate level.

  • Invasion Belfast VI – Return of the Garrison, W5 at Odyssey, Belfast, March 8-9.  Ireland’s premier Star Wars costuming club return to W5 for a weekend of fresh interactive fun, with a new line-up of actors, talks and activities as well as Emerald Garrison’s hugely popular replica props and scenes.
  • Meet the Maker – ‘Ebb Tide’ Exhibition by Rosemary McMillen, Craft & Design Centre, Newtownards, Co. Down, until March 29.  The natural forces of Strangford Lough’s tidal energy and the patterns of light reflected in the shallow waters of the mudflats are key inspirations for this glass sculpture and installation.  
  • Another World, Roe Valley Arts Centre, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, March 7 – April 26.  Local emerging artist and University of Ulster student, John McMacken will display a stunning collection of drawings in pencil, pen, charcoal, ink and paint, capturing people and landscapes with a sense of immediacy.